Not many pedal builders can say they started making fuzz boxes to fuel their LEGO addiction. Jacob Isidore Swart is the designer of The Fizzy. He started making them at the age of 7 and was building them so that he could fund his LEGO Robotics Kits habit. That was in 2008!
Okay, I know the guy is pretty young. I found out about his pedal via Reeves Gabrels (one of my guitar heroes) who is exclusively using the Fizzy and singing its praises all over his Facebook page this week. Jacob’s father just happens to be a professional musician and has played with some pretty big names. Luckily Jacob has managed to get his Fizzy pedal into some well known players hands. He has even managed to get it onto a Norah Jones track where it is used on the bass line and it has also appeared on the Reeves Gabrels and his Imaginary Friends album as well!
The online demos make it sound like a pretty neat little fuzz box. There is a perfect, simple two knob layout. I love a simple fuzz box, as for me all the best ones are just that, simple and easy to dial in. Fizzy can be used on guitars, bass and keyboards and so should appeal to all. I have included a link below of Jacob building one of the units and it is backed with a track written using The Fizzy on the bass line.
He has some pretty big name musicians giving him the thumbs up on his site and I like the fact that he has put some real effort into the design and layout of that site. A lot of boutique builders can be a little lazy with their online presence and so it os refreshing to see a good quality webpage.
RRP USD $110